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Tuesday briefing: 'Treasonous' Trump kowtows to Putin

Two presidents brush aside claims of Russian election meddling … fury as Brexiteers get their way on Chequers plan … and the curse of perfectionism

Hello, I’m Warren Murray on a Tuesday when there’s a wealth of strong stories to tell you about.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 5:28 pm

Carrie Gracie: breast cancer was easier than BBC equal pay row

Former China editor claims vindication but predicts she will never be given a major presenting job at the corporation again

The former BBC China editor Carrie Gracie has described her fight for equal pay as worse than her battle with breast cancer and declared she will probably never get a major presenting job at the corporation again.

The journalist resigned from her role in January in protest at inequalities at the BBC, accusing the corporation of having a “secretive and illegal pay culture”.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 5:03 pm

Common cranes 'here to stay' after recolonising eastern England

Model predicts population of UK’s tallest bird could double within 50 years after its return to the east of England following a 400-year absence

Common cranes which recolonised eastern England less than 40 years ago after a 400-year absence are now here to stay, research has found.

There could be as many as 275 breeding pairs of the UK’s tallest bird within 50 years, scientists at the University of Exeter, the RSPB and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) predict.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 5:01 pm

Genetically modified babies given go ahead by UK ethics body

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics says changing the DNA of a human embryo could be ‘morally permissable’ if it is in the child’s best interests

The creation of babies whose DNA has been altered to give them what parents perceive to be the best chances in life has received a cautious green light in a landmark report from a leading UK ethics body.

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics said that changing the DNA of a human embryo could be “morally permissible” if it was in the future child’s interests and did not add to the kinds of inequalities that already divide society.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 5:01 pm

How we made: Roni Size on the Mercury-winning album New Forms

‘We just went to the Mercury prize ceremony to scoff all the free food and alcohol. Then Eddie Izzard said: You’ve won!’

I was born Ryan Owen Granville Williams but, because I was lighter-skinned, everyone called me Roni, after the only white character in the film Babylon. I was quite short and if my mates were talking about a girl, they’d say: “Oh, she’s Roni’s size.” So that’s how I came up with the name Roni Size.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 5:00 pm

'Always go slightly too far': what makes ambush TV work?

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America? follows a long line of TV troublemakers who fooled guests into self-sabotage, but his scattergun approach risks missing the mark

If you’re going to pull TV pranks, it helps if you’re punching up. And you can’t set your sights much higher than the president of the US. Furthermore, if you’re going to prank any US administration, it may as well be the leadership grouping centred around the uniquely unstable cocktail of ego, malevolence, incompetence and absurdity that is Donald Trump. Sacha Baron Cohen’s new series, Who Is America?, may not make it as far as the big man, but his ambition is clear. He did get as far as Sarah Palin who, hilariously, has complained that Baron Cohen “duped her”.

Baron Cohen and Trump have previous. Somehow, Trump not only survived but prospered after his 2003 encounter with his character Ali G, who tried to pitch him a glove designed for wearing while eating ice-cream. This encounter has only acquired resonance in retrospect. Ali G’s various provocations rarely carried much in the way of moral weight. For nostalgic lefties of a certain age, there’s still a great deal of pleasure to be derived from watching him being gently schooled by a magnificently earnest Tony Benn (“Is it called the welfare state because it’s well fair?”). But, in fact, most of Ali G’s work was just gloriously daft.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 5:00 pm

‘My brain feels like it’s been punched’: the intolerable rise of perfectionism

The pursuit of perfection, taken to extremes, can lead to OCD and depression – and the number of students reporting the problem has jumped by 33% since 1989

Tom Nicol thought he had a problem with sleep. He could never get enough. He took “a very disciplined, stripped approach” to his routine. He drank water only at premeditated times, ate according to schedule, avoided caffeine, exercised (but not close to bedtime) and shut down all screens at 9pm. Nicol, a PhD student, was recounting this long list of sleep settings to his student counsellor after yet another bad night, when she told him: “You have perfectionism.”

“I’m not good enough to have perfectionism,” Nicol replied.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 5:00 pm

From Les Misérables to Gentleman Jack: the best BBC dramas coming this autumn

The Beeb has unveiled its slate of shows to debut in September and beyond. Here is our ranking of the most exciting

Over the weekend, BBC One revealed its entire autumn drama slate. In a 90-second trailer filled with all manner of gunfights, car crashes and lazy-lidded, moody glances, 15 shows were unveiled at once. But which should you be most excited about? Here’s a ranking.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 5:00 pm

Our phones and gadgets are now endangering the planet | John Harris

The energy used in our digital consumption is set to have a bigger impact on global warming than the entire aviation industry

It was just another moment in this long, increasingly strange summer. I was on a train home from Paddington station, and the carriage’s air-conditioning was just about fighting off the heat outside. Most people seemed to be staring at their phones – in many cases, they were trying to stream a World Cup match, as the 4G signal came and went, and Great Western Railway’s onboard wifi proved to be maddeningly erratic. The trebly chatter of headphone leakage was constant. And thousands of miles and a few time zones away in Loudoun County, Virginia, one of the world’s largest concentrations of computing power was playing its part in keeping everything I saw ticking over, as data from around the world passed back and forth from its vast buildings.

Most of us communicate with this small and wealthy corner of the US every day. Thanks to a combination of factors – its proximity to Washington DC, competitive electricity prices, and its low susceptibility to natural disasters – the county is the home of data centres used by about 3,000 tech companies: huge agglomerations of circuitry, cables and cooling systems that sit in corners of the world most of us rarely see, but that are now at the core of how we live. About 70% of the world’s online traffic is reckoned to pass through Loudoun County.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 5:00 pm

Top cancer genetics professor quits job over bullying allegations

Exclusive: Nazneen Rahman will leave the ICR in October after harassment claims

A leading light in the world of cancer genetics, who was honoured at the outstanding Asian women of achievement awards and given a CBE, has quit her job at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) after facing multiple allegations of bullying dating back 12 years.

Prof Nazneen Rahman, who is the high-profile head of genetics and epidemiology at the ICR, was given leave of absence last November after a letter signed by 45 current and former employees accused her of “serious recurrent bullying and harassment”.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 5:00 pm

'It's not coming home': England's anthem returns to haunt them

Is what started as an ironic nostalgic chant being seen as hubris by rival nations?

When the French midfielder Paul Pogba danced with the World Cup trophy on Sunday night, he laughed as he delivered a message for fans watching on his Instagram video livestream: “It’s coming home.” Meanwhile, his teammate Olivier Giroud, asked by UK journalists how he felt about winning the trophy, responded similarly: “It’s a great feeling. I mean, ‘It’s coming home’! I had to say that.”

Has the unofficial anthem of England’s perennially underachieving football team accidentally backfired?

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 5:00 pm

While Brexit dominates, the crisis in social care is deepening | Polly Toynbee

Care workers are reeling after their night-shift pay claim was reversed. No wonder 50% are quitting

The great Brexit calamity blows everything else away. Nothing gets done and serious crises are left mouldering by this absentee government. At least Brexit warfare distracts from the dilapidations of never-ending austerity. Top of the heap of festering neglect is social care, disappearing for escalating numbers of old people as stricken councils cut back, care homes close, and over 1.4 million are left home alone with little or no help.

Related: Appeal court rules flat rate for sleep-in care workers is fair

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 4:59 pm

ICC crime of aggression comes into effect without key signatories

UK lobbied for delay in law under which leaders could be prosecuted for going to war

A crime of aggression, under which politicians and military leaders can be held individually responsible for invasions and other major attacks, comes into force at the international criminal court, reviving global legal powers last exercised at the Nuremburg and Tokyo war crimes trials of the 1940s.

Claims alleging that armed force has been used against the “sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence” of another state can, from Tuesday, be taken to the tribunal in The Hague.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 4:00 pm

New Caledonia referendum: call to reject 'colonising power' France

Pacific island will change its name and flag to become world’s newest nation if independence vote in November passes

The time has come for New Caledonia to throw off “colonising power” France and take its place on the world stage, the head of the country’s independence coalition has said on a visit to Australia ahead of a referendum to be held in November.

New Caledonian independence from France was inevitable and a “question of dignity” for the nation’s indigenous Kanak people, said Daniel Goa, spokesperson for the independence movement Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS).

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 2:56 pm

Five human rights we should enjoy – while we still can | Van Badham

In case warnings of impending fascism have merit, here’s a bucket list of rights to tick off

Fascism is a political philosophy. It exalts the supposed supremacy of a particular national identity or racial group above individual freedoms, social equality and the collective social good.

And these ideas seem frightfully trendy right now.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 1:49 pm

Putin rejects UK's 'ungrounded accusations' over novichok poisoning

President says London has not provided evidence to back up claims that Moscow was behind poisoning of four people – one fatally

Vladimir Putin has accused Britain of making baseless allegations against Russia over the former Soviet spy and three other people poisoned, one fatally, with the novichok nerve agent in Salisbury.

Asked in a Fox News interview about the British government’s assertion that Moscow was behind the novichok attack on the former spy Sergei Skripal, Putin said London had not provided any evidence to back up the claim.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 1:24 pm

Trump’s surrender to Putin greeted with outrage by Democrats and Republicans

After the president’s joint press conference with Putin, several dissident Republicans echoed Democrats in rebuking Trump

Donald Trump drew mostly bipartisan condemnation after failing to denounce Russian meddling in the US presidential election at a joint press conference with Vladimir Putin.

Criticism came from familiar corners such as the Republican senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, but of note were some usually friendly voices who added to the chorus, including the House speaker, Paul Ryan, and the former House speaker, Newt Gingrich, who called Trump’s behavior the “most serious mistake of his presidency”.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 12:27 pm

Pussy Riot protesters sentenced to jail for World Cup final pitch invasion

Four protesters who interrupted the final between France and Croatia sentenced to 15 days

The four protesters who barged onto the field at the World Cup final in Moscow have been sentenced to 15 days in jail.

The protesters, members of the Pussy Riot punk collective, ran onto the pitch at Luzhniki Stadium dressed as police officers during the second half of Sunday’s match between France and Croatia. 

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 12:05 pm

Only 1% of children's books have BAME main characters – UK study

Research finds that of 9,115 titles published last year, only 4% featured BAME characters

Only 1% of British children’s books feature a main character who is black or minority ethnic, a investigation into representations of people of colour has found, with the director calling the findings “stark and shocking”.

In a research project that is the first of its kind, and funded by Arts Council England, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) asked UK publishers to submit books featuring BAME characters in 2017. Of the 9,115 children’s books published last year, researchers found that only 391 – 4% - featured BAME characters. Just 1% had a BAME main character, and a quarter of the books submitted only featured diversity in their background casts.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 11:01 am

Failure to enforce law means older workers face discrimination – report

The government and the Equality and Human Rights Commission criticised by MPs

Government ministers and Britain’s equalities watchdog are failing to save more than a million older workers from discrimination, bias and outdated employment practices, according to a group of MPs.

In a highly critical report for the government, the women and equalities committee said the talents of older workers were going to waste because too little was being done to enforce discrimination law.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 11:01 am

Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker hopes role will inspire young girls

‘Showing children their heroes in shows don’t look the same is a huge honour,’ says Time Lord

The new star of Doctor Who has said she hopes young girls will be inspired by the BBC’s decision to cast a woman in the title role for the first time in the show’s 55-year existence.

“There’s the chiselled superhero that we’re used to seeing and we’ve all grown up with,” said Jodie Whittaker in an interview with the Radio Times. “But Doctor Who has never been that, which is wonderful. It’s attainable in so many ways.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 11:01 am

Heatwave to bring hosepipe ban to north-west England

United Utilities says 7 million customers will be affected by first ban since 2012

Millions of households in the north-west of England will face the first hosepipe ban in the country since 2012 after the UK’s longest heatwave in more than 40 years.

The water company United Utilities said 7 million customers would be affected by the ban, which is due to come into force on 5 August.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 11:01 am

Artificial intelligence will be net UK jobs creator, finds report

AI and robotics forecast to generate 7.2m jobs, more than will be lost due to automation

Artificial intelligence is set to create more than 7m new UK jobs in healthcare, science and education by 2037, more than making up for the jobs lost in manufacturing and other sectors through automation, according to a report.

A report from PricewaterhouseCoopers argued that AI would create slightly more jobs (7.2m) than it displaced (7m) by boosting economic growth. The firm estimated about 20% of jobs would be automated over the next 20 years and no sector would be unaffected.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 11:01 am

Facebook protects far-right activists even after rule breaches

C4 Dispatches documentary finds moderators left Britain First’s pages alone as ‘they generate a lot of revenue’

Leading far-right activists have received special protection from Facebook, preventing their pages from being deleted even after a pattern of behaviour that would typically result in moderator action being taken.

The process, called “shielded review”, was uncovered by Channel 4 Dispatches, after the documentary series sent an undercover reporter to work as a content moderator in a Dublin-based Facebook contractor.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 11:01 am

NHS rationing putting hernia patients' lives at risk, say surgeons

Cuts have led to a doubling in numbers denied quick access to treatment, claims royal college

Patients with hernia problems are being left in pain and at risk of needing emergency surgery, and even of death, because the NHS is increasingly rationing surgery to treat it.

The number of NHS bodies across England that are restricting access to inguinal hernia surgery has doubled since 2014 as a result of cost cutting, surgeons have warned.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 11:01 am

MPs' anti-bullying rules will cover Speaker, Leadsom suggests

New code of conduct will apply to everybody in parliament, leader of Commons says

New rules to stop MPs from bullying and harassing staff will cover the office of the Speaker, meaning that any future complaints about John Bercow would have to be investigated, the leader of the Commons has suggested.

Andrea Leadsom said “absolutely everybody” would be covered by the new code of conduct for 15,000 people – including MPs, peers and staff – on the parliamentary estate, which will be debated on Thursday.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 11:01 am

UK police force failed to record 10,000 crimes, watchdog says

One in five crimes, including sexual offences, reported to Lincolnshire police were not documented

Nearly 10,000 crimes, including violent crimes, sexual offences and domestic abuse, have gone unrecorded by a UK police force over the course of a year, the police watchdog has said.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) found that nearly one in five crimes reported to Lincolnshire police were undocumented, potentially leaving some victims shut out from support services.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 11:01 am

Lava 'bomb' crashes through roof of boat in Hawaii, injuring tourists

More than 20 hurt, including woman with broken leg, after lava from Kilauea volcano shot out of ground

An explosion caused by lava oozing into the ocean has sent molten rock crashing through the roof of a sightseeing boat off Hawaii’s Big Island, injuring 23 people.

The “lava bomb,” which burst from the water near the boat as molten rock poured into the ocean, landed on the roof of the vessel and crashed into the seating area, said Hawaii County Fire Department Battalion chief, Darwin Okinaka.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 10:42 am

Trump outdoes Orwell in role as Moscow's Agent Orange | Richard Wolffe

Can we be sure that two and two still equal four after the US president’s abject abandonment of truth in service of Russia?

The best disinformation and psy-ops campaigns are supposed to leave you dazed and confused, unable to discern truth from fiction, friend from foe, right from wrong.

So those who watched Donald Trump’s extraordinary press conference alongside Vladimir Putin might well be feeling nauseous, several hours later.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 9:44 am

Who Is America? review – too frightening to be truly funny

Sacha Baron Cohen’s new characters are brilliantly done, but it is not always clear who or what the target is

These are – gosh – testing times for anyone who is still trying to keep alive the distinction between truth and lies, reality and fiction, the president of the United States and an ambulant cheese stick, sanity and madness. And even more testing, it turns out, for anyone attempting comedy based on a shared and certain vision of those categories and depending on the collective recognition of deviation from them for laughs.

Sacha Baron Cohen, the inventor of parodic luminaries such as Ali G, Borat and fashionista Bruno, is back with a new set of characters – using heavy prosthetics this time, to disguise his now well-known face – in Who Is America?. As with his earlier creations, they are designed to dupe and manipulate prominent people into saying unfortunate things and test the limits of individual gullibility. And, as with his earlier work, the characters themselves are brilliantly done. In the opening episode, he produces Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr, the founder of an “alt-right” conspiracy theorist Infowars-a-like website, who hates Obamacare because it forced him to go to the doctor and find out he had “two types of diabetes, obese legs and chalky deposits”; wet bag-hat wearing liberal Nira Cain-N’Degeocello (“I’m a cisgender white heterosexual male, for which I apologise”); ex-con Rick Sherman, who paints with his own faeces and “ejaculatorate”; and former Israeli army colonel Erran Morad, keen to extend his child-arming Kinder Guardians programme into the US. They are all convincing, committed performances, meticulously prepared and backed up by formidable wit and intelligence that allow him to pivot and follow wherever his patsy seems poised most fruitfully to take him.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 9:40 am

Rejuvenated Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic looks to New York | Kevin Mitchell

The Serb has been happier with the state of his game – and his mind – since reuniting with his former coach Marian Vajda

If anyone doubted that elite tennis players – like champions in any sport – reside on a different planet, they had only to follow the weird plotline that accompanied the progress of Novak Djokovic on the way to his 13th grand slam title and fourth at Wimbledon.

Surviving a fortnight that intimidated Andy Murray to the point of withdrawal before a ball was struck and was too much near the end for the Serb’s other old rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, has reinvigorated his troubled soul to the point where he might well be favourite in the final major of the summer, at Flushing Meadows in late August.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 9:30 am

May narrowly heads off defeat after caving in to Brexit hardliners

PM provokes rebellion from Tory remainers but wins customs vote in Commons

May’s majority cut to three – politics live

Theresa May has narrowly seen off a Commons rebellion from Conservative remainers unhappy that she had caved in to hardline Brexiters by accepting their amendments to the customs bill.

The government majority was reduced to just three votes on the two most controversial amendments after leading Tory remainer Anna Soubry complained that the prime minister had lost control of events by making concessions to the rightwing European Research Group of MPs.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 9:13 am

Rory McIlroy takes heart from Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon triumph

• Northern Irishman is without a major victory in four years
• ‘Golfers and tennis players try to win four tournaments’

If Rory McIlroy needed any further incentive to win a second Open Championship, it was delivered by another sport. Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon triumph, his first since 2015, resonated with the Northern Irishman as he looks to reclaim the Claret Jug he won at Royal Liverpool four years ago.

“The Open is massive and I was very honoured to win it,” McIlroy said. “Seeing Novak winning Wimbledon, he hadn’t won it in a while, and the emotion he showed after that was really cool. Golfers and tennis players are similar in the sense that they’re both trying to win four tournaments and it is a huge deal. And if you’ve won some, you really want to win more.”

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 9:00 am

Who runs the country? It’s not the person you think | John Crace

As the PM rips up her Chequers white paper we really are left with a rudderless government

“Nothing has changed, nothing has changed,” a fragile Theresa May snapped during her statement on the Nato summit, after Labour’s Stephen Kinnock had observed she had effectively ripped up her own Chequers white paper by accepting the wrecking amendments to her customs bill that had been tabled by the hardline Brexiters of the European Reform Group.

She was right. Nothing had changed. Yet again, when faced with a challenge to her authority from the right wing of her party, she had given way. May is a psyche in near total collapse. Someone whose only remaining function is to try to do whatever it takes get through to the end of each day in the hope that tomorrow never comes. A prime minister in name only.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 8:49 am

Weatherwatch: heatwaves and atmospheric blocking

An occasional series on weather terminology: stationary areas of pressure can lead to prolonged heatwaves and cold spells

The “beast from the east” cold of late winter 2018 and the arid heat of the UK’s summer so far, are united by one pronounced meteorological phenomenon: atmospheric blocking. Large meanders in the jet stream often lead to the development of huge anticyclones – areas of high pressure that can remain stationary for weeks at a time.

Related: Weatherwatch: traffic jams in the jet stream

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 8:30 am

Sending MPs on early holiday could make all the difference for May

While Tories remain so febrile over Brexit, there is little point keeping them at Westminster

Few people have the power to bring forward their summer holiday. But for Theresa May, bringing forward the summer recess could make all the difference. So when rumours circulated that the government would propose that the break begin as early as this Thursday they were immediately believed. Far more importantly, No 10 did not deny them.

The prime minister’s grip on the premiership has been precarious since she announced the Chequers compromise a week and a half ago but, however unhappy hardline Tories have been with her softer Brexit proposals, they have not yet been able to muster the 48 MPs who are willing to send in letters to the chair of the backbench 1922 committee to hold a vote of no confidence in her.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 8:15 am

Corruption case against Willie Mullins’ vet described as ‘complete fantasy’

• Tim Brennan alleged to have passed inside information
• His brother layed Faugheen before it was declared a non-runner

A corruption case brought against Willie Mullins’ vet has been condemned by defence lawyers as “complete fantasy”, at a regulatory hearingon Monday. Tim Brennan, who earns 40% of his income from attending on Mullins’s horses, is charged by the British Horseracing Authority with passing inside information to his brother, Michael, who then layed Faugheen for the 2016 Champion Hurdle, two days before Mullins declared the horse a non-runner.

Related: Talking Horses: George Scott trio among top tips for Monday's racing

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 7:58 am

Cristiano Ronaldo vows to make mark at Juventus after seizing opportunity

The forward has said he is grateful to the Italian side for the chance to continue performing at the highest level

Even as Cristiano Ronaldo settled in for his first Juventus press conference it somehow did not quite feel real. There he was, flesh and blood, sharp suit and immaculate haircut, grinning and whipping out his phone for a photograph as his family settled into the front row.

It was not just a fanciful summer rumour, as the story of his potential move to Juventus had seemed when the first murmurs began to leak out a few weeks ago. It was not a mirage, as he appeared when he touched down at Caselle airport at half-time of the World Cup final, wrongfooting the many fans and journalists expecting him on Sunday morning, not even, as the newspaper Tuttosport had billed him on its front page, “an extra-terrestrial”.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 7:38 am

World Cup 2018: the Guardian team of the tournament

Throughout the World Cup, our readers have been able to vote on every single performance and their verdicts have led to this team

The World Cup in Russia has come to an end and we can look back at a tournament with only one 0-0 draw among the 64 games. Our readers have been diligently casting their voted at the end of the games and we have used those votes to compile our team of the tournament.

Players must have played in at least four games to be selected.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 7:30 am

Dozens of rabbis say Labour chooses to ignore UK Jewish community

Letter to Guardian criticises party for ‘rewriting’ accepted definition of antisemitism

More than 60 British rabbis have written a joint letter saying Labour has “chosen to ignore the Jewish community,” as the party’s ruling body prepares for a meeting on its antisemitism code of conduct.

Some of the UK’s most senior rabbis, in a letter to the Guardian, said Labour was acting in an “insulting and arrogant way” by choosing – in its new code – to amend an international definition of antisemitism.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 7:30 am

Labour plans radical selection overhaul including all BAME shortlists

Exclusive: ‘Democracy review’ aims for diversity but causes concerns about deselections

Labour is set to bring in sweeping changes to give minority ethnic councillors and women reserved seats in local elections in a move that could radically diversify the party but also cause suspicions that the changes might be used to de-select sitting councillors.

The party’s democracy review will recommended that the party compile a legal case to justify BAME and disabled reserved seats in multi-member council wards, the Guardian understands.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 7:28 am

French team celebrate World Cup win with Paris victory parade

Open-top bus travels down Champs Élysées as hundreds of thousands cheer squad on

France’s young, World Cup-winning football team have staged a victorious home-coming parade in an open-top bus down the Champs Élysées as hundreds of thousands of supporters wrapped in flags cheered them on.

The 4-2 win over Croatia in Moscow on Sunday has cemented France’s reemergence as a football superpower and brought the country together. The squad were driven down the packed avenue in Paris, smiling and waving and holding up the cup as the French air force staged a flypast amid plumes of red, white and blue.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 7:26 am

NYPD to start disciplinary proceedings against officer in Eric Garner case

The New York police department said on Monday it was moving ahead with disciplinary proceedings against a police officer accused in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, given a lack of action by federal authorities.

Related: Eric Garner: federal grand jury hears evidence to determine civil rights violation

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 7:17 am

From doubted to dominator: Paul Pogba’s World Cup evolution

The France midfielder went into the tournament with concerns about his role; he ended it dabbing as the heart of the team

If ever there was a time for Paul Pogba to dab and dance, to snapchat and sing to his heart’s content without giving a soul with any sense the opportunity even to tut, this was it. With Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium his stage, he dabbed with president Macron. He dabbed with his mother and brothers on the pitch. He dabbed with an iconic 36.8cm piece of sculpted gold that means everything in football. A world champion, a scorer of a goal that felt result-defining in the final, a fulcrum for his team, a massive personality revered back home, the only thing missing was a hairdresser on hand to create a World Cup-shaped cut to mark this most glorious of moments.

With Pogba in his exuberant element – the master of social media filming non-stop in the dressing room, on the bus, encouraging all sorts of celebratory flourishes with his band of World Cup-winning brothers – he felt so central to everything about this French generation. During the course of this tournament his status within the group changed, and even for his own teammates it was difficult to articulate exactly what it was and how it happened. But everyone could feel it. “I can tell you that Paul Pogba, I don’t know how and I don’t know from where, has become a leader,” announced Adil Rami. “He proved it to us. He showed it. He’s the one that showed the way. He was the strong man of the France team.”

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 7:09 am

VMAs 2018: Cardi B, Beyoncé and Jay-Z lead nominees

In the gender-neutral categories, the breakout rapper has scored 10 nominations with ‘The Carters’ and Childish Gambino following

Cardi B, Beyoncé and Jay-Z have come out on top with the announcement of this year’s MTV VMA nominees.

Related: Cardi B and Offset announce birth of baby girl

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 7:06 am

Trump's Nato approach helped make a difference, says May

PM claims European allies have been encouraged towards increasing defence spending

Theresa May has defended Donald Trump’s approach to last week’s Nato summit, claiming it made all the difference in encouraging European allies to “step up” their defence spending.

The US president left the Brussels talks in disarray after setting a January deadline for other alliance members to increase defence spending and hinting that the US may quit Nato if they failed to do so.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 7:05 am

Alkaline review – faith, fear and fury in edgy dinner-party drama

Park theatre, London
Stephanie Martin’s drama – part comedy of manners and part state-of-the-nation play – is one killer scene short of greatness

Alkaline takes the well-worn drama of the middle-class dinner party and gives it an unexpected twist. The play opens as Sophie and her fiance, Nick, prepare to host an old school friend, Sarah, and her new British Asian boyfriend, Ali. The moral panic brewing in Sophie’s sitting room is not just over Ali’s cultural difference, but also Sarah’s recent conversion to Islam.

It is an edgy, and potentially explosive, starting point for what is both a contemporary comedy of manners and a state-of-the-nation play about Brexit, liberalism, austerity, and most of all, the threat that modern Islam is perceived to pose to the conservative heartlands of middle England.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 7:00 am

Brexit has hit peak confusion. A new vote is the solution | Zoe Williams

Opinion polls are simply muddying the waters. Whether through a referendum or a general election, we need to know what the country thinks

There are two news stories that, if you read them side by side, would force you to conclude that the majority of British people had thrown caution to the wind: and not just caution, but wisdom, reason, self-interest – everything, in short, gone bananas. The first is the revelation of Theresa May’s 300-point preparation paper for a no-deal scenario. Processed food will be stockpiled, also medicines. Britain imports £22bn worth of food and drink each year, 97% of which is from the EU. The task of trying to keep this supply chain greased, without a deal in place for frictionless trade, is headspinningly complicated. What will happen to jobs, to distribution networks, to the motorways around the entry points, to the borders? How long before we’re surviving on Spam and Um Bongo? Let’s not think about medicines just yet. It’s possible we’ll all lose so much weight that we’ll stop having type 2 diabetes.

Meanwhile, 51% of Britons polled by Opinium Research think “no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal”. Only 20% disagree. So what does that mean, exactly? Has one person in two thought seriously about what stockpiling feels like, in real life, and decided it’s a price worth paying? But worth paying for what? What exactly is that “bad deal” to which unspecified tinned food is preferable?

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 6:11 am

Four weeks of endless drama in Russia has re-energised World Cup | Barney Ronay

After a tournament that was gripping from start to finish with thrilling matches, marvellous midfielders, the rebirth of England and VAR controversy, Qatar has a lot to live up to

Thank you Russia, and goodbye! It’s been fun. Not to mention epic, thrilling, dazzlingly well-organised, and with a constantly shifting sense of place from the strangulating heat of Samara, to the fly-marshes of Volgograd, to the mist and drizzle of the north.

But that is now a wrap. After four and a half weeks and 64 matches, 1,613 shots, 1,734 fouls and a shared continental-scale avalanche of herring, beetroot, dumplings, vodka and sustained on-field drama, the World Cup can now be packed away for the next four years.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 6:00 am

Martin Rowson on the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki – cartoon

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 5:21 am

Lizzie Deignan will lead Trek’s new professional women’s cycling team

• ‘Historic’ team to launch in 2019 with roster of a dozen riders
• Former world champion to resume training in December

Lizzie Deignan will lead a new professional women’s team in 2019 backed by the current men’s World Tour sponsor, Trek. The former world champion, who will have her first child in September, is targeting the UCI world road championships in Yorkshire next year and is already looking ahead to the next Olympic Games in 2020.

“I always thought that becoming a mum would shorten my career,” the 29-year-old said, “but in fact it has prolonged my career – so I will be targeting the 2020 Olympics.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 5:18 am

Trump's Putin summit is a slippery slope to a violent, darker world | Michael H Fuchs

From Europe to Asia, Trump is destroying alliances with democracies, while making friends with authoritarian leaders

Vladivostok, Russia – Emboldened by re-election, US president Donald Trump landed in Russia today for the first meeting of the newly formed Group of 3 (G3) with President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Xi Jinping of China to carve up spheres of influence in Europe and Asia.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 5:15 am

Wimbledon vs The World Cup: The style verdict

Two of the summer’s biggest sporting events wrapped this weekend. From Jordan Pickford channelling the Queen to Floella Benjamin’s blue shades, who brought it home in the style stakes?

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 5:13 am

Five things grownups should do before going online this summer

A head teacher has come up with a checklist for children to complete before they access computer games or social media; here’s one for adults

Shaun Fenton, headteacher at Reigate Grammar, has come up with a summer checklist of things a child should do each day before they’re allowed access to computer games or social media. These include making, eating and clearing their own breakfast (that’s one thing, not three), getting some exercise, doing a chore, playing a non-electronic game and reading a book. “A bit of structure and purpose can become something children secretly enjoy,” he says.

But if it’s important for children to have structured, non-screen time every day, it’s no less vital for their parents. These are my five super summer activities for adults.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 5:09 am

Trump and Putin meet in Helsinki – in pictures

The presidents of the US and Russia begin their summit on Monday as Trump says ‘the world wants to see us get along’ and predicts rosy future relations. The US president’s list of topics for discussion did not include Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The summit was condemned by US Congress members from both main parties after the indictment last week of 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking Democrats to help Trump’s campaign

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 4:25 am

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal banned for two Tests and four ODIs

• Coach also punished for ‘conduct contrary to the spirit of game’
• Sri Lanka refused to take the field after ‘ball-tampering’ row

Dinesh Chandimal, the Sri Lanka captain, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha have been banned for four one-dayers and two Tests for acting against the spirit of the game, the International Cricket Council announced on Monday.

Related: Details of plan to fix Sri Lanka-England Test revealed by al-Jazeera

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 4:19 am

Don’t pay a cosmetic surgeon for the ‘natural look’. Just grow out your monobrow

Cosmetic surgeons have noticed a decline in requests for buttock implants. This follows a general trend for the natural look – but now the beauty industry is commodifying that, too

Oh, the irony. Apparently, the new ideal of beauty is – wait for it – the “natural look”. Natural face, natural eyebrows, natural skin and, one assumes, a natural glow at having achieved all this … naturally. In beauty doublespeak, this means spending huge amounts of cash.

According to cosmetic surgeons, (the yardstick by which all standards of beauty should, ahem, be measured) the modern ideal of female beauty is fading fast. And what would that ideal be? For those no-nonsense folk who assume it is whatever you want it to be (in practice, this usually means a T-shirt and jeans with the knees knocked out from crawling after children/pets/dirt/your whole thankless life) let me womansplain it to you.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 4:15 am

Bradley Wiggins stirs pot with warning of leadership battle in Team Sky

• ‘It will be difficult if Geraint Thomas takes yellow jersey’
• Wiggins fell out with Chris Froome when he won 2012 Tour

The Tour de France arrived at the foot of the Alps after the long transfer from Roubaix yet continued dishing the dirt, on and off the road. As Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas faced up to the gravel roads of stage 10 to Le Grand Bornand, Bradley Wiggins was stirring the pot back home, fuelling talk of leadership battles between Team Sky’s co-leaders.

Famously, Wiggins and Froome fell out during the 2012 Tour when the Olympic champion threatened to walk out on his team, even while wearing the leader’s yellow jersey, after Froome had attacked on the climb to La Toussuire. The pair’s feud has continued since then, with Wiggins’s wife Cath labelling Froome a “slithering reptile” on social media only last year.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 4:00 am

Trump-Russia investigation: the key questions answered

Everything you need to know about the inquiry into Russian hacking, alleged collusion and Donald Trump, plus the latest news

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 3:54 am

Is your paddling pool a cool oasis – or a giant puddle of infection?

Standing water breeds biting horseflies – and it’s just one of the ways your paddling pool may be contaminated, say experts

Name: Paddling pools

Age: Hundreds, if not thousands, of years old.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 3:36 am

A bad marriage can seriously damage your health, say scientists

Psychologists monitored 373 couples over 16 years and found that couples who disagree often have poorer health – especially for men

A bad marriage with frequent conflicts could have a serious detrimental impact on your health, according to psychologists.

The researchers at the universities of Nevada and Michigan monitored 373 heterosexual couples to investigate whether disagreeing about multiple topics – such as children, money, in-laws and leisure activities – had negative health implications.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 3:28 am

Croatia's real World Cup star? The president in the stands

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović saw all but one game at her own expense while sporting a national team shirt

She wore the team shirt and cheered as Croatia faced France in a thrilling World Cup final on Sunday. Later, soaked by the rain, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović smiled in defeat and hugged every player from both teams as the winners were given their medals.

By the end of the day, it was the Croatian president who had emerged as her country’s star of the tournament. Mediatoolkit, a Zagreb-based analytics company, found 25% more focus on her in news stories about the final than any of the players on the pitch, including the Golden Ball award winner, Luka Modrić, as well as Ivan Perišić and Mario Mandžukić.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 3:03 am

Ready for this jelly: how Kylie Jenner kickstarted the #jellynails Instagram craze

The 90s continue to dictate the summer’s fashion and beauty trends – which is why everyone wants transparent nails that look like jelly shoes or Jolly Ranchers

In the world according to Instagram, fingernails are the new canvases, and nail technicians (as well as teenagers in bedrooms) are the new generation of artists. The hashtag #nailart has had close to 50m posts, and, in the fickle world of beauty trends, fingernail crazes are easily the most fleeting fads of bodily adornment. We have had furry nails, terrifyingly pointy “stiletto nails” and nails resembling teeth, duck’s feet and 3D bubbles.

But “jelly nails” – transparent hues reminiscent of 90s jelly shoes, or Jolly Ranchers – had lain semi-dormant as a trend until seven days ago, when Kylie Jenner posted a snap of fluoro-pink translucent acrylic nails. Now, there are 4,000 #jellynails posts, and this seems likely to be the nail trend of the summer. “To create jelly nails, a technician paints the nail area opaque, then adds translucent acrylic extensions to make them look like see-through sweeties,” explains Emma Zentner of Boom Nails, a London-based nail company with 13,000 followers on Instagram.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 2:31 am

IMF warns Trump trade war could cost global economy $430bn

US could find itself ‘focus of global retaliation’ in tariff dispute, says WEO report

Rising trade tensions between the United States and the rest of the world could cost the global economy $430bn (£324bn), with America “especially vulnerable” to an escalating tariff war, the International Monetary Fund has warned.

Delivering a sharp rebuke for Donald Trump, the Washington-based organisation said the current threats made by the US and its trading partners risked lowering global growth by as much as 0.5% by 2020, or about $430bn in lost GDP worldwide.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 2:22 am

What the new photo of the Thai cave boys tells us about their ordeal

The boys gather around a portrait of Saman Kunan, who died in the rescue attempt. Their expressions show a deep recognition of the overwhelming spirit of altruism that saved them

Where are the fists raised in triumph? Where are the big front-page grins? A photograph released by the Thai health ministry of the 12 boys rescued against all odds from the depths of the flooded Tham Luang cave is a picture editor’s nightmare and a human marvel. Instead of raucous celebration, this is a picture about memory and mourning. In an age with the attention span of a US president, these boys can see beyond the amnesia of happy endings.

They are gathered with respect around a portrait of Saman Kunan, who died in the otherwise successful effort to save them. Kunan, a former navy Seal, was placing spare oxygen in underwater passages when his own air ran out. In the photograph, the children and teenagers he died for show their unfeigned understanding of the scale of his sacrifice. Not a single face reveals a hint of a false note. Amid the relief and joy of a rescue beyond what seemed possible, here is an image of absolute truth. Yes, it was a success, but a man is dead. His portrait is cherished by those he helped to save with a sincerity that cuts through the routine dishonesty of our time.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 2:20 am

Airbnb warned it breaches EU rules over pricing policy

Accommodation service told it needs to be clearer on total cost including fees and charges

Airbnb has been found in breach of EU law and given until the end of the summer to ditch a range of practices, including that of belatedly applying additional fees to the prices it promotes online.

The accommodation service has been accused by the European commission and national regulators of failing its customers and making the mistake of many global digital firms of “forgetting its responsibilities”.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 1:59 am

Mark Cavendish battles time in bid for Eddy Merckx’s Tour stage wins record | Richard Williams

The signs have not been promising for one of the most remarkable British sporting figures of our life as he misses out for another year in his pursuit of the legendary Belgian

As he made it to the finish line in Roubaix on Sunday, the 52nd rider to come home on a day of bone-rattling cobbles and throat-clogging dust, Mark Cavendish would have been looking forward to a rest day. The first week of the 2018 Tour de France was harsh on a man who, chasing the all-time record of stage wins, had started the season with a series of bad crashes. The signs have not been promising for one of the most remarkable British sporting figures of our lifetime.

The four victories that would bring him level with Eddy Merckx’s 34 are now out of reach for this year, at least. After a 500-mile transfer to the first rest day in Annecy, three days in the high mountains come before his next chance of a win, at the end of Friday’s flat stage from Bourg d’Oisans to Valence. Two more opportunities then present themselves, in Pau on stage 18 and in Paris on the final day.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 1:26 am

'The right to sit': Indian law change allows female workers to rest

Mainly female workforce in shops not allowed to sit, lean against a wall or use a lift

Cybil Wilson has worked in one of Kerala’s big, shiny, brightly-lit sari shops for 10 years.

Her salary at the shop, in Trivandrum, has been consistently low but it is the pain and swelling in her legs that troubles her the most. Her employer forbids Wilson, and the other 120 female sales assistants working across the four floors, from sitting down during a 12-14 hour shift.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 1:12 am

China files complaint to WTO over Trump's $200bn tariff plan

Move comes less than a week after US president escalated trade dispute with new threats

China has filed a complaint against the US at the World Trade Organization after Donald Trump’s threats to place tariffs on an additional $200bn (£150bn) worth of Chinese goods.

The one-sentence announcement by the ministry of commerce comes less than a week after the US president called for a second round of tariffs on China, in retaliation for Chinese tariffs placed on American goods.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 12:38 am

Wildfire weapon, two presidents and a hippo: Monday's top photos

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 12:02 am

World Cup 2018: Guardian writers pick their highs and lows

From Modric’s magic and Pavard’s screamer to unwelcome theatrics and wearing the wrong T-shirt, our writers give their take on the tournament in Russia

Match of the tournament Russia v Croatia had it all: a spectacular goal from Denis Cheryshev, unbearable tension during a see-sawing extra-time period, raucous celebrations when Mário Fernandes equalised and then shootout heartache for the hosts – followed quickly by an acknowledgment that they should hold their heads high.

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Posted on 16 July 2018 | 11:41 pm

'I'm tired of the suffering': how poverty-stricken families struggle to survive in Nigeria | Isaac Linus

Families living on £1.50 a day or less tell of the hardships of life in the oil-rich nation, which now has the greatest concentration of extreme poverty

Nkechi John, 39, lives in a single room with her four children and husband, who is a welder. Their daily lives are fairly typical of people in poverty in Nigeria, which according to the Brookings Institution now has the world’s greatest number of extreme poor.

“Life is tough and everybody is complaining,” she says. “I used to sell akara [bean cake]. I could make around 1,000-1,200 naira [£2-£2.50] profit every day, but now I can’t even make 400 naira. People don’t have money to buy it because there are no jobs.

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Posted on 16 July 2018 | 11:28 pm

Feeling hot, hot, hot? Tell us your experiences of heat in your city

Temperatures across the globe have broken records – and rising temperatures have serious implications for cities. What’s happening where you live?

Whether summer in your city is present or past, there is a good chance you weathered record-breaking temperatures this year.

A heatwave swept the planet, and it was not simply one hot summer: the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that all 18 years of the 21st century are among the 19 warmest on record, and 2016 was the warmest year ever. “In 20 years’ time, the [recent] heat ... will no longer be news. It will be routine,” warned a Guardian editorial.

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Posted on 16 July 2018 | 10:53 pm

My IVF life: the fake ass, the trigger shot and how I decided to get pregnant

In this new column, Jean Hannah Edelstein starts the complicated journey to conceive using in-vitro fertilization – and takes readers with her

Don’t make jokes, I say to E.

We pause outside the hospital classroom. It’s 9.30am on a sunny morning in Manhattan and we’re about to enter a roomful of people who are here for an introduction to IVF treatment.

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Posted on 16 July 2018 | 10:00 pm

What it’s like when Ice detains you: 'They own you. You're impotent'

I spent 11 months in US immigration detention. Here’s what happened

It was a regular Sunday when they arrested me. I’d just gotten paid – back then I was working in the fields, picking grapes – and the kids decided they wanted to go to Ihop for breakfast.

We got in the car and my oldest daughter, Jennifer, was driving and joking around, and we were all laughing. She was just being so silly. We got to the restaurant, the little ones ordered pancakes, and Jennifer and I had omelettes. We finished and got back in the car.

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Posted on 16 July 2018 | 10:00 pm

France celebrates World Cup victory – in pictures

Celebrations carried on into the night after the national team beat Croatia in the World Cup final

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Posted on 16 July 2018 | 7:39 pm

The Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds – in pictures

The Hyde Park Picture House, the world’s only surviving gas-lit cinema, opened in 1914. The owners of the Grade II-listed building have now been granted planning permission for redevelopment, to improve accessibility, restore the gas lights and ornate plasterwork and incorporate a second screen in the basement

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Posted on 16 July 2018 | 6:00 pm

New Brighton revisited – three decades in pictures

A group show brings together for the first time the New Brighton pictures of internationally renowned British photographers Martin Parr, Ken Grant and Tom Wood. Showing in the town from which the pictures stemmed, this exhibition records three decades of New Brighton through the eyes of the photographers as they lived and worked there.

Showing as part of Imagine Wirral and Liverpool Independents Biennial, the exhibition is at The Sailing School, Marine Point, New Brighton, 14 July-25 August

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Posted on 16 July 2018 | 6:00 pm

All you wanted to know about nuclear war but were too afraid to ask

The use of a nuclear weapon is now more likely than any time since the cold war, but the probability of humanity being wiped out entirely has diminished

There are nine countries that possess nuclear weapons. Five of these (the US, Russia, the UK, France and China) are members of the official owners club, who made their weapons early and had them legitimised in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) signed in 1968, the key piece of international law governing nuclear weapons possession.

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Posted on 16 July 2018 | 5:00 pm

Hong Kong's Snowden refugees, facing deportation, hope of new life in Canada

The seven men and women who sheltered the whistleblower in 2013 are awaiting the result of their final appeal


For the past few years, Supun Kellapatha and his wife Nadeeka Dilrukshi, Sri Lankan asylum seekers in Hong Kong, have tried to make themselves invisible. They go out as little as possible and hardly socialise. He sometimes takes their children, a two-year-old boy and six-year old girl, to the cinema but only when fewer people will see them.

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Posted on 16 July 2018 | 11:00 am

France lift the trophy as Russia 2018 ends on a high – World Cup Football Daily

Max and co discuss France’s World Cup final triumph over Croatia, another penalty, another controversial VAR incident, the tournament’s highs and lows and players taking shots to the conkers

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Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Paolo Bandini and Andy Brassell to look back at a World Cup final in which France took the trophy, beating Croatia 4-2. We dial up Philippe Auclair, who’s not as sober as he was at the start of the final, but not as drunk as he’ll be by the time you listen to this.

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Posted on 16 July 2018 | 10:38 am

Owen Jones: 'Help us confront injustice' – video

The columnist delivers a message from the anti-Trump protests in London. He says the Guardian exists to challenge the status quo and invites readers to help it maintain editorial independence to ensure that those at the top will continue to be challenged


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Posted on 15 July 2018 | 10:43 pm

The big picture: football at home in Park Hill, Sheffield, 1961

Roger Mayne captures a kickabout in the shadow of the steel city’s brutalist estate

If football had come home this weekend, there is a strong argument that it would have pitched up in Sheffield. Three of England’s team grew up in the steel city. Visitors to the S1 Artspace, which reopens in the city’s Park Hill housing estate this month will perhaps see an added poignancy in some of the images on display there.

Park Hill was built a few years before England’s only triumph in the World Cup. Along with the neighbouring Hyde Park estate, it represented city council architect JL Womersley’s bold vision of a new era of social housing in Sheffield. The street photographer Roger Mayne documented all of that original hope in his photographs of the first residents of the utopian schemes that followed slum clearance. His camera often dwelt on the common recreation areas of the new brutalist buildings, where invariably an impromptu game of football was in progress.

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Posted on 15 July 2018 | 6:00 pm

From drag queens to rappers: up close with the UK's anti-Trump protesters - video

The Guardian spends the day getting to know the people Donald Trump tried to avoid during his visit to the UK. More than 100,000 people travelled to London from around the country to protest against the US president, according to the organisers of the two marches that converged on Trafalgar Square

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Posted on 14 July 2018 | 9:11 pm

Seven great audiobooks for car trips great and small

It’s not easy to figure out what you feel like listening to at the best of times, but choosing the right audiobook for a journey is fraught with even more variables. We’ve taken some of the pain out of it for you with seven suggested listens

Long car journeys used to be dead zones for your brain. After a while, most radio stations become repetitive and conversations drop off – unless you’re travelling with children, in which case the constant audio loop of “are we there yet” adds an extra level of torture to the experience. Even if you’re a passenger, reading or fiddling with your phone often just makes you feel tired or carsick.

But all that is changing. Every week more and more audiobooks, audiodramas and podcasts are becoming available and road trips are being transformed. “My seven-year-old gets carsick – and then really panicky about throwing up – so she can’t watch the iPad,” says parenting blogger Jacqui Paterson. “I load up audiobooks to keep her occupied on long car journeys and it helps ease her panic too.”

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Posted on 14 July 2018 | 3:58 am

One reluctant cyclist’s attempt to ride 300 miles in a month: week one

Self-confessed couch potato Dominic Utton is not a Lycra man. So how will he cope with swapping the sofa for the saddle and devoting a month of his life to Cancer Research UK’s Cycle 300 challenge? We track his progress from 0 to 300

Let’s get one thing straight: I am no serious cyclist. I have a bike, of course (I live in Oxford – everyone here has a bike), but it’s a bottom of the range, bog-standard mountain bike and I only ever use it to wobble to the shop and back. Also, the gears have been stuck on the lowest setting since last summer, which makes even that 10-minute ride look slightly ridiculous.

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Posted on 14 July 2018 | 2:47 am

Returning a pro tennis serve: just don't watch the ball – video

Keeping your eye on the ball is one of the first pieces of sporting advice we are all given, which seems pretty sensible when facing an object potentially moving at 100 mph plus. But, is it even possible? The average male tennis pro has a serve of around 125mph which, travelling over 75ft, means it's almost impossible to return if you're watching the ball. So here's how it's done

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Posted on 13 July 2018 | 9:24 pm

Syrian refugee stuck in a Malaysian airport for four months: 'I can feel my breaking point' – video

Syrian refugee Hassan al-Kontar has been stuck in Kuala Lumpur international airport for more than four months. He was refused a new passport by the Syrian embassy in the United Arab Emirates, where he was working when the war broke out in his homeland. After being forced to leave the UAE, he went to Malaysia, where he is now unable to leave the arrivals lounge.

Kontar says his only hope is a campaign to grant him asylum in Canada and though he wants his situation to be resolved as soon as possible, he says he is not unique and Syrians fleeing the war have been failed by the international community

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Posted on 12 July 2018 | 10:00 pm

How advert showing women shaving actual body hair broke taboos – video

Ever wonder why women shown shaving on TV adverts are already completely hairless? Breaking with decades of tradition, Billie, a US razor company, depicts women actually removing their body hair. Perhaps a sign of brands responding to calls for more realistic portrayals of femininity, say experts

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Posted on 12 July 2018 | 1:22 am

The slice of LGBTQ+ history I found in my mate's loft – video

Gavin McGregor was rummaging around in his friend's attic when he stumbled across a treasure trove of LGBTQ+ campaign material from the 1980s – a pivotal time in the fight for equality. In the run-up to London Pride he picks his favourites from the collection and says it should serve as a reminder of the bravery of activists from the time 

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Posted on 7 July 2018 | 10:55 pm

Billy Caldwell's mother: ‘Medical cannabis keeps my epileptic son alive’ – video

When 12-year-old Billy Caldwell's medicinal cannabis was confiscated by British border forces last month, his life-threatening seizures returned almost immediately. His case sparked a fierce debate and access to his medicine hangs in the balance. In an exclusive interview, his mother, Charlotte, calls for urgent changes to UK drug laws 

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Posted on 5 July 2018 | 10:36 pm

After you: the psychology of queues and how to beat them - video explainer

Queues are simple: you join at the back and wait your turn. But there's a whole branch of psychology devoted to studying how they work. Wimbledon publishes a guidebook on how to queue and major brands are obsessed with stopping you leaving to go elsewhere. The Guardian's science editor, Ian Sample, explains

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Posted on 5 July 2018 | 10:00 pm

Head for the hills: Colorado's top adventures

The staggering natural beauty of the state of Colorado is right on Denver’s doorstep, giving the city a connection to the outdoors like no other in the US. Intrepid traveller Aaron Millar shares his favourite adventure spots

For outdoor lovers, Colorado is the stuff of legends. In winter, 750cm of pure white powder blankets the jagged peaks of the Rockies, producing 12,000 skiable hectares (29,640 acres) and 1,883 perfect runs. But the fun doesn’t stop when the snow melts. In summer, the mountains spring to life with wild flowers and high-altitude hiking and biking; rodeos come to town; there’s climbing and fresh farm-to-table food.

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Posted on 30 June 2018 | 1:26 am

If you value the Guardian's World Cup coverage, we'd love you to support it

Our senior sports writer Barney Ronay explains how you can help keep the Guardian’s football coverage in play

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Here we are then. Russia 2018 is already well under way: another impossibly exciting, complex, wild-looking Fifa World Cup. And in its shadow, here we are too.

Welcome to another mob-handed, obsessively planned, lovingly curated effort to bring you the Guardian and Observer’s World Cup coverage in every conceivable form, to your every conceivable screen.

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Posted on 15 June 2018 | 12:08 am

‘I had to memorise more than 2,000 ingredients’: how a perfumer mastered her art

A fascination with smell and a background in chemistry meant that Ruth Mastenbroek was a natural for perfumery. Here, she explains how olfactory experiences and the ability to mix ingredients and think laterally are all part of the scent-making journey

Success as a perfumer requires an innate sensitivity to smell, but determination and perseverance is what turns that natural talent into a career. I was always pretty pernickety about smell and what I did and didn’t like, but it was only when I was 21 that I discovered perfumery.

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Posted on 2 May 2018 | 10:45 pm